dang serving sizes

6 years ago
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If there's anything food-and-diet related that trips me up, it's serving size. See, I do a pretty good job of making healthy choices with my food. I buy healthy food. I cook healthy food. I like healthy food. I just like too much of it.


My philosophy is: if something is good and good for you, then more must be better!!


That is also my philosophy if something isn't good for you. More is still always better.


My problems with estimating serving size are extremely evident when eating cereal. COME ON. Who is it that picks the serving sizes for that stuff?? A few weeks ago I decided to actually measure...you know, with a measuring cup...out a "portion" of cereal. When I saw those 3 measly crumbs bangin up on each other in the bottom of my vast bowl, I immediately realized my problem. I must eat 14 servings of (healthy!!! good for you!!!!) cereal for breakfast.


Since then, I've taken to choosing my cereal in the store by just picking the one with the biggest serving size. Hahaha. It's a pretty solid plan. (Yes, I still look at calories and other nutrients and other factors, such as taste. But if it comes down to a tie or a 3-way tie, I go with the biggest serving.)


The other day I was thinking about this unfortunate situation and how I've probably struggled with it my whole life. I love cereal too much. And the serving size is TOO SMALL. It has always been this way, for as long as I can remember.


And apparently...it was a problem even before I can remember.


Dear Baby Erika: Don't look so sad!! That is a very reasonable serving of Rice Krispies. Your parents are probably mean, giving you such a small bowl and all. And then they stand by and laugh and take pictures instead of giving you your friggin milk so you can eat. Don't worry. One day you will grow up and be able to eat all the cereal your cute little heart desires!!! Being a grown up ROCKS!



Grown Up Erika